Adventures of an It Leader by Robert D. Austin

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Becoming an effective IT manager presents a host of challenges--from anticipating emerging technology to managing relationships with vendors, employees, and other managers. A good IT manager must also be a strong business leader.

This book invites you to accompany new CIO Jim Barton to better understand the role of IT in your organization. You'll see Jim struggle through a challenging first year, handling (and fumbling) situations that, although fictional, are based on true events.

You can read this book from beginning to end, or treat is as a series of cases. You can also skip around to address your most pressing needs. For example, need to learn about crisis management and security? Read chapters 10-12. You can formulate your own responses to a CIO's obstacles by reading the authors' regular "Reflection" questions.

You'll turn to this book many times as you face IT-related issues in your own career.

About Robert D. Austin

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RICHARD NOLAN, a Harvard Business School professor, is one of the most influential voices in Silicon Valley. An active researcher and advisor to such companies as Cisco and Schwab, his reputation as a thought leader in high tech is unparalleled. Nolan's ideas and views have been embraced by the technology industry, and he has gained the trust of Wall Street's high performers. Shannon O'Donnell has had more than a decade of IBM midrange computer experience and has held a variety of positions, most of them as consultant. Shannon is the author of an industry-leading certification test for RPG IV programmers.
Published April 21, 2009 by Harvard Business Review Press. 320 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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